Oven Baked Jollof Rice….

Jollof Rice again? Yes! But this is no ordinary Jollof Rice, this is Nigerian Oven Baked Jollof Rice. I’ve had a number of Instagram and Facebook requests for a recipe for Oven Baked Jollof Rice since I put up the Party jollof Rice recipe, so here I am, doing the needful.

This is my go-to method when I’m pressed for time or I’ve got other things to get on with around the house. Unlike the hob cooked Jollof Rice, this doesn’t require so much attention.  No continuous stirring, no lifting of the lid every now and then to check the progress or worrying about it burning, it’s just so easy from start to finish. Fry the stew, mix with parboiled rice, stick in the oven and get on with other things I need to do. I particularly like Oven Baked Jollof Rice cos of the fact that it does not burn in the oven and the heat from the oven also provides a tad bit of the smoky effect you get with the hob cooked Jollof rice.

One thing I’ll advise though is that you need to season your stew and make sure its fried really well before adding the rice and sticking in the oven. This is because, unlike the hob cooked Jollof rice, you wont be able to keep going back and forth to add seasoning or spices, you need to get it right from the start.

I already have a recipe for Nigerian Party Jollof Rice (Hob Cooked), click HERE for the recipe.

Now, Oven Baked Jollof Rice, let’s get started….


3 cups rice
Half a can of plum tomatoes/ 3 medium tomatoes
90 grams tomato paste
2 cooking spoons vegetable oil
2 big onions
2 big red bell pepper
1 scotch bonnet
2 bay leaves
1 cup Meat or chicken stock/water
2 Knorr cubes
1/2 teaspoon your preferred seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Curry powder
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon white pepper
Salt to taste


First parboil the rice, parboiling should be half the time you would normally if you were parboiling for a full hob recipe. Ensure the rice is still firm when you drain the water, 5 minutes on medium heat should do. Drain and set aside.image
Blend half the can of plum tomatoes, two bell peppers, 1 scotch bonnet, 1 tablespoon minced ginger and an onion, blend till smooth and set aside.
In a large pot, add 1 cooking spoon vegetable oil, set on a hob on medium heat, when it’s hot enough, add half a bulb of sliced onions, sauté for 2 minutes then add the blended pepper, 2 Knorr chicken cubes, the white pepper, curry, thyme and salt to taste.image
Let that fry on medium heat for 15 minutes thereabouts, stir at intervals to prevent burning.

While that’s frying, get a smaller pan, add 3 tablespoon oil, when it’s hot, add some sliced onions and sauté till fragrant…imageNow, add the tomato purée. Let this fry for 5-6 minutes or until the purée loses its sourness.image
Now, check on the stew, check to see if it’s fried (you’ll know it is properly fried when the oil begins to settle on top)image
If its is fried, add the stock, if you haven’t got any, that’s OK, just add a bit of water instead, you can also add your own preferred spices ( I’m a sucker for Aromat seasoning).

Tip: Be careful when you’re adding condiments if you’re gonna be using meat or chicken stock as stock would already contain a high amount of salt.

Let this cook for a further 3-5 minutes, then add the fried tomato purée along with the oil…oven jollof rice
Stir to combine, let this stew for 3 minutes…image
Now, transfer the parboiled rice to the stew, do this gradually so you can control the quantities, this way you wont end up with a soggy mix.oven baked jollof rice Mix thoroughly, the rice and stew should be fully combined, all grains coated with no secreted stew or oil. Now, add two bay leaves ( I forgot to add this really)oven baked jollof rice
Transfer the contents into a foil pan or roasting dish… Oven baked jollof riceCover with foil paper, double it up as the rice needs adequate steam to cook evenly and fast. This goes into a preheated oven, 200 degrees thereabouts. imageD
After about 30 minutes, check on the rice, the stew should have dried up significantly… oven baked jollof riceAdd some more sliced onions and tomatoes….oven baked jollof riceStir and combine….oven baked jollof rice
Toss it back in the oven and allow to cook to proper doneness, this should take another 15-20 minutes. Can’t really say how long it sits in the oven for cos ovens vary, rice consistency vary by brand as well. Mine sat in for about 45 minutes in all. oven baked jollof rice

And that’s it really, Oven Baked Jollof Rice in easy and simple steps.oven baked jollof rice

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26 thoughts on “Oven Baked Jollof Rice….

  1. I tried this on Sunday 15th of January, 2017 and my children were hollering with joy😅. They kept askibg for more and I’d to threaten them that they wouldnt be allowed to take it to school for lunch.It was so so delicious ehn… I can say that it’s goodbye to jollof rice made on the hub and welcome to oven baked one.
    Thanks sisi jemimah! May the Lord continue to bless and inspire u😙

    • LOL! Your feedback made me laugh for real. I’m glad the recipe worked great for you. Thanks do much for taking the time to leave a feedback, it’s greatly appreciated. Amen to your prayers…x

  2. I tried this and the peppered chicken for the superbowl game lastweek. Followed the directions to the minute and it came out really yummy. Hubby and friends were wowed. Thanks for this great work.

    • Awesome feedback! I’m glad the recipe worked great for you. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a feedback, much appreciated….x

  3. The presentation makes the food looks even more captivating. Will be trying this oven coked jollof next weekend when le boo comes visiting. Please i am looking to improve my food presentation for my home meals. What affordable food moulds, slicers, and kitchen plates can you recommend please?

    • Hi Mariam, sorry for the late response. I’m sure you’ll love the outcome when you’ve tried it. Food molds and plates would depend on where you’re based really. Good old salad bowls are perfect for molding or try Amazon or EBay for profesdional ones, hope this helps…

  4. Great Blog and effort. Keep it up! The sky is your starting points as there will be no limits to your growth. Plus it really helps that the meals look very yummy and detailed in prep guide. God bless you!

  5. I’ve always been a huge fan of oven baked jollof rice but for the first time, I decided to add the white pepper (who knew) and it gave me that taste I’ve been looking for all along…Thanks sis

    • Thanks for the feedback Kemi. Yeah white powder makes so makes so much difference, even in job cooked jollof rice. Glad you loved it….

  6. Am going to try this out! I have the foil pan but the foil paper has finished. And i cant get it now. Is there something I can do about that?

    • I’m so sorry for the late response, only just seen this. You can use a big casserole dish or any oven proof dish with a lid. Hope this helps…

  7. Pls this plum tomato,is it the regular tin tomatoes in nigeria or a special kind? If different,is it readily available at shops.

    • Plum tomatoes are just processed normal tomatoes, there are very popular in the UK hence the inclusion in the ingredient list, you can just use normal tomatoes. Tin tomatoes are tomato purée/paste, it’s also included in the recipe.

  8. Plz ma i can get a foil is there no way d rice can be baked in a pan or something else? Cos i don’t have d tray u used n my oven is a small one tnx

    • Hi Grace, You can use a disposable aluminium foil pan, the type used for presenting foods at parties. I’m sure you can use a baking pan as well, any pan suitable for ovens will do…

  9. I have tried to cook mine in the oven before but came out mushy because I did not cook your way just lump everything in at the same time, will try this way next time. thanks

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